“Boy, you need to know that you have a good name. It must be protected at all times. This family may not be rich, but our name is solid.” My father’s words have been ringing in my mind since late last night. What is the value of a good name? Why must it be safeguarded? These questions are haunting me this morning.
Once upon a time, all it took to seal a deal with an individual was your name and a firm handshake. Yes, I am old enough to remember when this was common practice. In certain areas of our great land, it still is. However, it is not as predominant now as it was when I was younger. A person’s word was as valuable as cash money. How I miss those days’.
When a person hears your name, what is the mental image that is conjured upon remembrance? Do they think of words such as dependable, honest, trustworthy, and friend? Or do they think of words such as liar, fraud, manipulator, and cheater?
As a soldier, I appeared before my promotion board. I can still remember the question that was posed to me. “Which of the Army values do you try to live and why? To which I responded, “Integrity, Sergeant Major. Because if a person has integrity, the other values will be at work in their life.” It is integrity that assists us in safeguarding our good name. The Scripture says that a good name is more desirable than great riches. To be known as an individual who shows love and compassion to all (religions and political parties don’t matter) is a game changer.
We live in a society where your name is a tool that is used to bring about your demise. People drag it through the mud, smear it with accusations, and then have the audacity to be upset when you strike out in defense of it. This entire world could use some simple country wisdom and common sense. You can’t assault a person’s good name and not expect repercussions. I have watched as my mother and father have built a respectable name and I will not be the one to disgrace it.
That is going to do it for this morning’s blog. It is a time of lightheartedness, joy, peace and goodwill to all of mankind. I hope that your holiday season is filled with all of the good things that your heart desires.Take care and I will catch up with you all soon.